I have hair that does its job and is relatively healthy. The problem is, however, that I hate to do my hair and loathe storing hair stuff. In high school, I had naturally curly locks, which I’d style with my fingers and head out the door with a wet head. This carefree system doesn’t work any longer since my natural curls are totally gone in some places, only waves in other locations, and curly still around my temples. Now, to keep from looking like an unkempt eccentric with combination curly-wavy-straight hair, I have to do it.
For most of my non-curly adult life, I have worn my hair long and just thrown it into a ponytail. Wearing a ponytail has one big disadvantage, though, which is the headache. No matter how loosely or tightly you wear your ponytail, you’ll eventually get a ponytail headache from oddly pulling a single hair into the ponytail holder. Also, a second disadvantage is that you can’t change your mind about your ponytail mid-day because you have that strange crease in your hair. Another big disadvantage is all of the styling stuff you have to keep for those rare days when it’s inappropriate to wear a ponytail.
This week, I decided I’d had enough and I cut my hair off super short. I don’t mean Susan Powter circa 1993 short. It’s more like Victoria Beckham’s short do. And, so far, it’s proven to be quite a drastic and improved change: less shampoo, less drying time, and less styling time.
I still need a hairdryer and a brush, but gone is my need for rollers, curling irons, straightening irons, conditioner, ponytail holders, barrettes, bobby pins, headbands, and hairspray. Cutting my hair literally freed half of my need for storage space in the bathroom.
My hairdryer, single canister of styling gel, and brush now live in an unused flower pot under my sink. I don’t need anything else. Three hair doodads, and that’s it. So, if you’re looking to get rid of some of your bathroom clutter and time involved with doing your hair, consider cutting your hair short. If you have naturally curly or straight hair, you might even be able to get rid of your hairdryer (and, I might secretly envy you). You’ll save money by buying less shampoo and styling gel, and you may even be able to get by without conditioner. Short hair is definitely an uncluttered solution.